Watch case

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Project by rdwile posted 08-22-2014 06:28 PM 3127 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is actually designed around a piece of glass, the bevelled glass in the top was originally for the grandfather clock I made in 1999 that came in the wrong size, I have one left. Lesson learned – throw nothing away.

The box itself is made from some gnarly beech that came from the front yard of the house my Dad grew up in. It took me a while to figure out a use for this wood – it’s brutally hard and chips like crazy. The box is dovetailed using the indispensable David Barron dovetailing jig; I do not do enough dovetailing so this lets me get this kind of joint when I have not dovetailed in months. The bottom of the box is lined with black leather over a Baltic birch floor.

The top is Goncalo Alves and is ship-lapped for strength to hold the heavy glass, it is made from some left over flooring and the door lip is wenge, as are the dividers inside. The door is pinned with a 1/8” brass pin in the side (the fourth pic shows the fitting of the pins.)

In response to a request:

The box itself is 13” wide, 8.5” deep, and 3.5” high. I bought 3” sq. watch pillows for next to nothing on Amazon, they tuck nicely into 2-3/4” square spaces inside and you also need a minimum of 2.5” inside height for the watch to not interfere with the top.

I still have a few boards of this beech left to make something special from, and about that second piece of glass…

-- Richard D. Wile, IG: @rdwile

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#1 posted 08-22-2014 06:34 PM

Very nice. My son want a watch case. I have some oak that came from his grandfather’s shop to build it from. Would you mind sharing the dimensions on this beautiful piece?

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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#2 posted 08-22-2014 06:54 PM

I have updated the body of the post with the dimension information I should have included from the beginning.

-- Richard D. Wile, IG: @rdwile

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#3 posted 08-22-2014 07:04 PM

That is one nice box. I like the curved lift handle.

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#4 posted 08-23-2014 12:00 AM

Great looking watch box—and some nice looking watches, too!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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